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House Passes A Budget For 2018; Clears The Way For Tax Reform

Your representatives in Congress react to the narrow approval of the Senate budget proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House has passed the 2018 Budget proposal sent to them from the Senate last week. It passed with a narrow 216-212 vote. 20 Republican members of Congress voted "no" on the bill.

"This is a significant moment, because now this pushes forward on the bigger issue of tax reform," said Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN 03). I still predict that there will be Democrats that vote for tax reform."

Banks was one of the 216 members of the House to vote in favor of the 2018 Budget, which now heads to President Trump's desk to await his signature. With that, congressional Republicans have effectively cleared the way for the debate on President Trump's tax reform framework to begin.

“Unfortunately, the Senate failed to pass the House’s conservative budget that cuts spending," said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN 06) in a statement. "But the budget that did pass will create the path forward to passing tax cuts for Hoosiers."

Messer, who voted to pass the Senate version, says Hoosier workers deserve a pay raise. He says the President's framework will deliver that to Hoosiers with tax cuts that will grow the economy, create jobs and increase wages.

Indianapolis Rep. Andre Carson (D) voted against the proposal as he indicated earlier this week on Twitter.

With the budget in the rear view mirror, tax reform takes center stage. 

"Next week the details of the actual legislation will be unveiled at the beginning of the week," said Rep. Banks. "Speaker Ryan is hopeful that we can get the first vote in before Thanksgiving."

Meanwhile in the Senate, Indiana Republican Todd Young says he is supportive of the President's framework on tax reform. Democrat Joe Donnelly is staying tight lipped on it, but Young says the two have talked in great detail about the framework. 

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